Melbourne’s currently sweating it out with some record-breaking heat-waves and a typically Australian summer. But if you’ve been in the city recently you might have noticed some of the trees are dressed for cooler weather.
For the third year running Yarn Corner, one of the world’s largest yarn bombing groups, has yarn bombed all of the trees in the CBD’s City Square.
Yarn bombing is one of the city’s most popular street-art movements with trees, bicycle posts, bins and any other stationary object all given a little bit of knitted love.
To find out a little bit more about who’s keeping our trees snug and warm I had a chat with Anna from Yarn Corner.
Who are Yarn Corner and how do you become a yarn bomber?
Yarn Corner is a collective of yarn bombing artists that come together to contribute to large scale yarn bombing projects in Melbourne. We currently have nearly 700 members, and although most of our members are based in Melbourne we also have members from across Australia and even overseas who send pieces to be included in installations. Participants range in age from children to grandparents.
Why cover the city in knitting?
Why not! I think generally, a lot of yarn bombers want to add a bit of beauty to the world, or make people smile. Most yarn bombers I’ve come across are quite community minded.
I’ve always wondered, is there a secret trick to getting the pieces wrapped around the tree or do you have to knit it straight on?
We measure the pieces in advance, and then design around those measurements. We usually have a set ‘installation day’ when we sew the pieces on. It can be tricky getting the measurements and design right, and many of us have re-made pieces over and over to achieve our vision. It’s a good way of expanding skills! Yarn Corner is full of people who are happy to help with questions. It’s a very warm and supportive group. We welcome new members regardless if they have been knitting or crocheting for 50 years, or are just starting to learn.
What’s the biggest project the group has been involved in?
Probably the Royal Melbourne Show last year (2013) when we covered a car, caravan and the contents of a four room house in knitting and crochet.
What Melbourne icon would you most like to cover in yarn?
We have had a long term dream of covering a tram, to date our attempts have been unsuccessful, but we are holding onto the hope that one day we might be able to.
What’s coming up in the future?
We are installing some yarn bombs for the annual Sydney Road street party in Brunswick on Sunday 2 March. Other than that, we actually can’t talk about many of our upcoming projects, but people can keep up to date on our activities via our Facebook page.
What other projects is Yarn Corner involved in?
We are a not-for-profit, and all funds received are channelled back into new projects, or used to support our ‘community’ projects. We have a ongoing “Granny a Day” project for Kogo, where each members knits or crochets a square every day for a year and these are then sewn into blankets for those in need.
We also helped implement a program at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre called Yarning Around, where we teach members how to knit and crochet, and if they wish they can donate the items they make to Kogo.
Once our pieces have finished their life as yarn bombs, they are washed and given to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital – these pieces are then used as bedding for the animals.
A yarn covered tram? Yes please.
Yarn Corner accept new members of any age and gender, any skill level and from anywhere in the world. Want to find out more? Join their Facebook group or check out some of their past projects here and at www.yarncorner.com.au.
Yarn Corner Stitches Up City Square is on until Sunday, February 9th – run, don’t walk to City Square.